Summer Holiday Fun with Sydney Youth Orchestras

Got a budding young musician? Keep them engaged these school holidays with Sydney Youth Orchestras’ fantastic Summer School program.
Running from 7–11 January 2019 at Santa Sabina College, Strathfield, and for the final day only, the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the SYO Summer School program combines high-level music making, creativity, exploration and personal development, and even includes an HSC Preparatory Program.
Sydney Youth Orchestras’ Summer School program is suitable for young musicians aged 6–19 years. Students are placed in ensembles which match their abilities and extend their knowledge and experience. More advanced musicians will have the opportunity to audition for the Senior Orchestra.
With an emphasis on developing team and ensemble skills in musicians, the program is packed with choir rehearsals, large ensemble playing, masterclasses and tutorials, music theory, info sessions, and of course the opportunity to make friends and have fun.

SYO Summer School finishes with ensemble showcases and concerts to highlight the week’s achievements at Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

This program is open to all school-aged students in NSW.
About SYO Summer School 2019
Dates: Monday 7 January – Friday 11 January 2019
Times: 9:00am – 3:00pm
Location: Santa Sabina College, Strathfield and Sydney Conservatorium of Music (Friday only)
Cost: $550
Sibling Discount: $75
Indicative daily program (subject to change)
8.30 am Drop off
9 am–10 am Choir
10 am–11 am Large Ensemble
11 am–11.30 am Morning Tea
11.30 am–1 pm Large Ensemble/Tutorials
1.00 pm–1.45 pm Lunch
1.45 pm–3 pm Large Ensemble/Tutorials/Masterclass/Music Games
3 pm – 6 pm HSC Preparatory Program*
HSC Preparatory Program
The SYO HSC Preparatory Program consists of a series of lectures/workshops designed to inspire, educate and engage students who are making preparations for their HSC in October/November 2019.
Led by NSW Music educators and long-time HSC markers, this program will cover areas of theory and practice that relate specifically to the NSW HSC Music 2 curriculum.
Participants can expect to receive intense training on theory, composition, essay writing, thesis development and constructive performance critique. This program provides musically gifted HSC students the opportunity to receive invaluable guidance and tailored HSC music training in a supportive and fun environment with like-minded students.
This program is open to all students in NSW undertaking the HSC in 2019 who are enrolled in a Music 2 at their high school and to students who are undertaking Music Extension, in addition to Music 2.
The HSC Preparatory Program can be selected as an add-on to the SYO Summer School or as a standalone package.
For additional information about the HSC Preparatory Program, please see here.


In 2019 SYO will offer catered boarding packages for students to stay in supervised, group accommodation close to the Summer School venue. Boarding is only available to people who live 150 kilometres or more away from Santa Sabina College, Strathfield.
For further details or to apply, please visit the SYO website.

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